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7:20 PM ET, September 12, 2021

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Washington Post:
House Democrats circulate new tax plan as party tries to unify behind huge economic package  —  Democrats sparred in the Senate but House Democrats were trying to reach a consensus on some of the thorniest issues.  —  A powerful panel of House Democrats on Sunday circulated a draft plan …
Discussion: Washington Examiner and The Hill
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E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:
A make-or-break moment for our democracy  —  It's a habit of journalism to declare nearly every impending period as a turning point, a “defining moment” that will set a nation or even the world on a course for years or decades to come.  —  The routinization of the momentous is mostly harmless, but over time it has a cost.
Richard Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
House Democrats Consider 26.5% Corporate Tax Rate  —  Lawmakers are expected to propose a smaller capital-gains tax increase than Biden wants  —  WASHINGTON—House Democrats expect to propose raising the corporate tax rate to 26.5% from 21% and imposing a 3-percentage-point surtax …
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
Watch CNN's Dana Bash Call Out Joe Manchin's Infrastructure Game
Discussion: New York Post, CNBC and Slate
Washington Post:
Democrats wanted Trump gone.  Now they want him on the ballot.  —  LOS ANGELES — Democrats are growing confident that Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.) will prevail in Tuesday's recall election, averting political disaster by energizing liberal voters.  Across the country his party …
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Nick Corasaniti / New York Times:
False Election Claims in California Reveal a New Normal for G.O.P.  —  In an echo of 2020, Republicans are pushing baseless allegations of cheating in the state's recall race even before Election Day.  —  The results of the California recall election won't be known until Tuesday night.
Albert Hunt / The Hill:
The risks of running as Trump-lite  —  Glenn Youngkin is running as Trump-lite; it's a challenging journey.  —  The GOP nominee for governor of Virginia is trying to thread a delicate political needle: to be Trumpian enough to energize the party's hard-core base, but not so much it turns …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Andy Kroll / Rolling Stone:
Biden Tells Top Democrats He's Preparing Lobbying Blitz on Filibuster Reform, Voting Rights  —  The president, sources say, has promised to lean on centrists to change the filibuster rules and save Democrats' imperiled effort to pass a new voting rights bill
Discussion: The Hill and Bipartisan Report
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NBC News:
Senate Democrats near agreement on new voting rights legislation  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats are close to an agreement on updated voting rights legislation that can get the support of all 50 Democrats, three Democratic aides familiar with negotiations tell NBC.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and MSNBC
CNN:
Most Republicans want Trump as the GOP's leader but are divided about whether he'd help them retake the White House  —  Donald Trump is ‘99, 100 percent’ likely to run for president in 2024  —  (CNN)Most Republicans want former President Donald Trump to remain their party's leader, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS.
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Matt Bai / Washington Post:   Chris Christie comes back to reality
Sam Raskin / New York Post:
Rudy Giuliani rambles during 9/11 memorial dinner  —  Ex-Mayor Rudy Giuliani at a 9/11 commemoration on Saturday called a top US general an “idiot” and “a-hole,” imitated Queen Elizabeth and distanced himself from Prince Andrew, in a series of rambling soliloquies, video shows.
Discussion: TMZ.com, Daily Kos and POLITICUSUSA
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
Why Americans Die So Much  —  U.S. life spans, which have fallen behind those in Europe, are telling us something important about American society.  —  About the author: Derek Thompson is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he writes about economics, technology, and the media.
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Rose McGowan to join Larry Elder amid Harvey Weinstein-related allegation against Newsom's wife  —  McGowan claims Jennifer Siebel Newsom relayed a message from a Weinstein attorney  —  California Gov. Gavin Newsom fights for his political life  —  Actress Rose McGowan …
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Scott Gottlieb / The Atlantic:
A Second Major Seasonal Virus Won't Leave Us Any Choice  —  Businesses and schools must adapt, because the dual threat from COVID and the flu will be too severe. … He is the author of the forthcoming book Uncontrolled Spread: Why COVID-19 Crushed Us and How We Can Defeat the Next Pandemic.
Alyssa Lukpat / New York Times:
The U.S. is falling to the lowest vaccination rates of the world's wealthiest democracies.  —  Japan initially struggled to get its Covid-19 vaccination program into full gear, but now that it has, the percentage of its population that has received at least one dose has edged past the level achieved …
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:
Trump's Judges Are Playing A Huge Role In Upholding Anti-Abortion Laws Across The Country  —  WASHINGTON — In 2016, then-candidate Donald Trump pitched to Republican voters that even if they didn't like him, they needed him for one big reason: the US Supreme Court.
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Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:   Behind the Texas Abortion Law, a Persevering Conservative Lawyer
Financial Times:
Iran to allow IAEA access to cameras in its atomic facilities  —  Symbolic move aimed at buying time for UN's nuclear watchdog to find lasting compromise  —  Iran has agreed to allow the UN's nuclear watchdog access to surveillance cameras inside its atomic facilities in a largely symbolic move …
Joseph Guzman / The Hill:
Elon Musk drives through loophole by launching Tesla on tribal land  —  Tesla opened its first facility in New Mexico this week in partnership with the Nambé Pueblo.  —  Story at a glance  — New Mexico has laws on the books that prohibit car makers from selling directly …
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
Where the Meaning of Flight 93 Can Never End The national memorial was built to allow multiple interpretations.  —  Paul Murdoch did not set out to heal the wound in the Earth, but to preserve it as a scar.  The architect of the Flight 93 National Memorial has spent most of the last two decades refining …
Justin Gomez / ABC News:
Murthy calls Biden's new COVID-19 actions an ‘appropriate response’ to tackle pandemic  —  The surgeon general said it's not an “unusual phenomenon” to mandate vaccines.  —  U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy defended President Joe Biden's new mandates to vaccinate 100 million Americans against COVID-19 …
Discussion: New York Post, The Hill and Townhall
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
FBI releases 9/11 investigation document that scrutinized Saudis  —  The FBI has released the first of what are expected to be several documents from its investigation into whether agents of the Saudi Arabian government provided support to the Sept. 11, 2001, terror plot …
Joel Zinberg / City Journal:
Delta is Dying  —  New CDC findings show that we're closer than ever to the end of the pandemic.  —  Covid-19  —  Despite media claims that “We Can't Turn the Corner on Covid,” the numbers of Covid-19 cases, new hospitalizations, and deaths nationwide peaked and started to decline around the beginning of September.
Discussion: Power Line
 
 
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Mattathias Schwartz / Insider:
I spent 5 years inside DC's foreign policy ‘blob.’ Here's why the experts keep getting us into unwinnable wars like Afghanistan.
Sarah Rumpf / Mediaite:
Pranksters Trick Newsmax Into Interviewing Fake Paul Wolfowitz TWICE (And The Impersonator Didn't Even Try to Sound Like Him)
Discussion: The Wrap and The Daily Beast
Jazz Shaw / HotAir:
BoJo scraps immunity passports for UK
Discussion: Reuters
 Earlier Items: 
Maria Godoy / NPR:
Yes, Gov. DeSantis, Studies Do Show Masks Curb Covid-19 In Schools
Gary Detman / NewsBreak:
Florida leader who called Dr. Fauci ‘Dr. Falsey’ hospitalized with COVID-19
Noah Smith / Noahpinion:
The 9/11 Era is over.  Good.  —  A few last words as my generation's defining event recedes into history
New York Times:
Phony Diagnoses Hide High Rates of Drugging at Nursing Homes
Discussion: Marginal REVOLUTION
Susan J. Demas / Michigan Advance:
Republicans never had a COVID plan. They just wanted us to accept mass death.
NBC News:
‘Overall crime decreased in 2020’ in the United States, report finds
Yelena Dzhanova / Insider:
Doctor says ‘death is imminent’ for a woman on a hospital bed in Michigan who refused the COVID-19 vaccine ‘adamantly’
 

 
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